There've been a number of TV comedies like Malcolm in the Middle and The Simpsons which have had children using Krav Maga, the martial art some Israeli claims to have invented, to effortlessly defeat the biggest bully.
The public seems to have bought into this claim of Israeli superiority, both physical and intellectual. It's probably coming to an end. Hezbollah defeated them last time they invaded Lebanon and how can anyone have respect for a country that uses the most advanced military aircraft in the world to bomb refugee camps?
But I suspect that these Israeli stereotypes played some role in people falling for Natalie Portman's claims.
Natalie Portman, an Israeli, lacks talent or ability. She won an Oscar for her role in The Black Swan in large part because of her absurd claim to have made herself into a ballerina in just a year and a half.
Sarah Lane did the dancing for Portman in The Black Swan. Portman's head was placed digitally on Lane's body.
“They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar. It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years…. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”Portman has never been much of an actress. When the movie first came out, Richard Corliss wrote in Time:
Black Swan asks the 29-year-old star to do two things that haven't been much demanded of her: dance and act. ...Portman can look utterly stranded on screen — bereft of an actor's most rudimentary tools — in, say, Amos Gitai's Free Zone or as George Lucas' lamentable Queen Padme.
Her turn in Black Swan, if it truly impresses American moviegoers, won't be the sort that caps the steady maturing of a gifted actress. It will have the shock of the new....